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What is dry needling? & What is acupuncture?

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What is dry needling?
The primary aim is to relieve muscle pain and cramping, but it may also help to improve a person's flexibility.

A practitioner inserts short, thin, stainless steel filiform needles into pressure points. Also called trigger points, these are tight areas or knots in the muscles. The needles contain no liquid, and nothing is injected.

Sports therapists and other physical therapists typically perform dry needling. Due to a lack of regulation and guidelines, a person can perform dry needling with minimal training and no license.

It is often very difficult to tell whether a practitioner has been trained, has adequate experience, or is performing the procedure correctly.

The most common practice is to leave a filiform needle in the muscle for 10–30 minutes. However, there are two less common types of dry needling:

The in and out technique, during which a practitioner inserts a filiform needle into a trigger point and removes it right away. Results of a 2014 review suggest that this form of dry needling provides no benefits.
The non-trigger points technique, during which a practitioner inserts needles into surrounding muscle, instead of a knot or pressure point.
Scientific studies on dry needling are limited, though the body of research is growing. So far, some research has been positive. A study published in 2013 showed that dry needling was more effective than a placebo treatment.

However, results of research in which no placebo was used have been less promising. In a study from 2012, dry needling was found to be less effective than platelet-rich plasma injections at treating rotator cuff injuries.

Authors of a 2017 study concluded that stretching was just as effective as dry needling in improving flexibility.

Dry needling may be more effective than receiving no treatment, but more conventional and cost-effective methods, such as stretching and massage therapy, may be better at relieving muscle pain.

 

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient technique developed in China.

Proponents claim that it can relieve stress, pain, and discomfort by opening up a person's energy flow, or chi.

Medical acupuncture involves using long, thin needles to stimulate nerves in the muscles and under the skin.

This can result in the production of endorphins, which may relieve some symptoms.

Acupuncture is used to alleviate a wide range of symptoms, commonly including:

aches and pains in muscles
nausea
menstrual cramping
headaches and migraines
depression
labor-related pain
vomiting
knee pain
To practice acupuncture, a person needs to be licensed and undergo extensive training. A master acupuncture therapist will undergo 3 or more years of training. They will learn to identify symptoms, diagnose conditions, and use correct techniques with needles.

A senior member of a national board will supervise new practitioners. Before receiving a license, a new practitioner must pass examinations from the national board, and they must continue to pass examinations each year after receiving a license.

A wide body of research supports the use of acupuncture to treat many medical conditions, including migraines, depression, and arthritis.

A 2017 study found that regular acupuncture could help to prevent migraines, and a review from 2012 indicated that acupuncture may treat migraines as effectively as other medical options.

More research is needed to determine whether acupuncture can help to treat arthritis, but some people find that it can reduce associated pain.

Results of a 2018 review show that acupuncture may reduce the severity of depression in some people when used alongside traditional treatments.

Anyone interesting in trying acupuncture should speak with a doctor about finding a registered practitioner.

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